singles by choice
(albums when it's necessary)
8 August 2014
(listening through speakers)Avid Acutus
Funk F·XRII
Linn Kilmax DS (Renew)
TEAD Mastergroove
TEAD Vibe 1.5 / Pulse 2
TEAD Linear A
TEAD Model One

Nice hand-written sleeve notes get us off on the right foot; I love the long sleeve notes on the back of old records. Music is girl-groupy, languid, layered, and, though the elements all sound familiar (really, how much can you do with a guitar and drums?), put together it sounds original, fresh, and clever. Lazy comparisons would probably be Best Coast or Vyvyan Girls, but this deserves far better than lazy comparisons. And, I’m not sure either of those bands have made a record as good as this one. I’m a sucker for two singers and for tremoloed guitars, so I’m easy meat, but for me this is a properly excellent record, and I want to hear more.

5

I think this is a new Ghost Box 7” series. Given the perfection of the Study Series, that’s about as exciting as life gets for me these days. I don’t know who Jon Brooks is, but I remember Sean O’Hagan from off of out of Stereolab. Calibair has a harpsichord, well-old analogue synths, honey-sweet vocals, and an air of wonder. Mulcair is more like a soundtrack, flowing, relaxing, repetitive, hypnotic.

Julian House, of course, did the sleeve, and it’s a typically classy retro three-colour die-cut job. Perhaps not quite so gorgeous as Study Series, but still great. (I admit, I am a total fan boy.)

5